Philadelphia Flyers is an ice hockey team based in Philadelphia. It was founded 1967, when the National Hockey League (NHL) expanded from six to twelve teams. Philadelphia Flyers is a member of the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference.
Flyers Team History
Philadelphia Quakers Played in the NHL one season (1930-31) – they won only four games that season. Philadelphia Flyers played first season in the NHL 1967-68 and they reached to playoffs straight away (lost 3-4 to St.Louis Blues). In season 1970-71 the Flyers missed narrowly playoffs, but that was the last time the Flyers missed the playoffs for 18 years.
Philadelphia Flyers won their first Stanley Cup at season 1973-74 and proved that expansion teams could challenge Original Six – teams. The Flyers won Boston Bruins 4-2 at the Finals. Next year the Flyers became back-to-back champions as they won Buffalo Sabres 4-2 at the Finals. At season 1976-76 they also reached Stanley Cup Finals, but this time Montreal Canadiens was better 0-4. The Flyers also reached Stanley Cup Finals 1979-80 (lost New York Islanders 2-4), 1984-85 (lost Edmonton Oilers 1-4), 1986-87 (lost Edmonton Oilers 3-4), 1996-97 (lost Detroit Red Wings 0-4) and 2009-10 (lost Chicago Blackhawks 2-4).
Philadelphia Flyers’ Owners and Staff
Currently, the General Manager of Philadelphia Flyers is Chuck Fletcher. The current head coach Alain Vigneault was appointed to his position in 2019. The team is owned by company called Comcast Spectator. Philadelphia Flyers has two minor league affiliates, those being Lehigh Valley Phantoms in AHL league and Reading Royals in ECHL league.
Bobby Clarke – Face of the Flyers
Bobby Clarke is one of the greatest NHL-player all the time and true legend of the Flyers. He had type 1.diabetes, so many NHL teams did not trust that he would never be able to play in NHL. The Flyers drafted him at 17th pick and that was one of the all-time greatest draft pick. He played 15 seasons with the Flyers and won two Stanley Cups. He still owns several Philadelphia Flyer records – Most games played (1144), most assists (852), most points (1210), plus/minus (+506) and shorthanded goals (+32). Bobby Clarke has won several trophies – the most valuable ones are three Hart Memorial trophies (1973, 1975, 1976).
Eric Lindros – Center of “Legion of Doom”
Eric Lindros was drafted first overall in 1991 NHL draft by Quebec Nordiques. Lindros refused to play lowly Quebec and he was traded to Philadelphia Flyers. Eric Lindros teamed with John LeClair and Mikael Renberg to form legendary “Legion of Doom” line. Lindros led Flyers to the 1997 Stanley Cup Finals, but Detroit Red Wings was better. Lindros was prototype of power forward and he suffered a series of concussions during his time in Philadelphia. He played eight injury plagued seasons with the Flyers – 486 games and 659 (290+369) points. Lindros won Hart Memorial Trophy 1995.
Ron Hextall – Hot-blooded goalie
Ron Hextall was drafted 119th overall in 1982 NHL by the Flyers. He spends first two seasons in the AHL, but was called up to the Flyers at season 1986-87. That season Hextall was really good and the Flyers reached Stanley Cup Finals – Edmonton Oilers won 4-3, but Hextall awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy for the most valuable player in the playoffs – only the fourth time when player from a losing side awarded it. Hextall also won Vezina Trophy at same year (1987). Ron Hextall played 13 seasons with Flyers, he changed goalies style of play a lot. He was very good at handling stick and first goalie in the NHL to make a goal with a shot (1987).
Hextall was also well known as a hot-blooded goalie and he still got the record of most penalty minutes by a goaltender in a single season (113 minutes at season 1988-89). Hextall also got three suspensions of six or more games during his NHL career.
Claude Giroux – Current superstar
Claude Giroux was drafted 22nd overall in 2006 NHL draft. Claude Giroux has been played whole his career with the Flyers – he has been Flyers captain since 2013. During that period Giroux has been top point-scorer of the Flyers five times.